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Considering the linear system $Y'=AY$

What would be an equation that I can use when I compute the eigenpairs for the coefficient matrix $A.$
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Specific system of differential equations

I have the following system of equations: \begin{eqnarray}\frac{dx}{dt} = x(1 - x^2 - y^2) \\ \frac{dy}{dt} = y(4 - x^2 - y^2) \end{eqnarray} I want to prove that if a solutions starts (at time $t = ...
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Express differential equations as system of first order equations

Express the differential equation $$y'''-6y''-y'+6y=0$$ as a system of first order equations i.e. a matrix equation of the form $$A(\vec x)'=0$$ where $$\vec x\text{ is the vector }\left[ \begin{...
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How can I prove that the DE $y'=y^\alpha$ has infinitely many solutions?

I need to show that the DE $y'=y^{\alpha}$, where $\alpha$ is a constant with $0<\alpha<1$, has infinitely many solutions passing through the point $(0,0)$. Also I need four of such solutions. ...
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Generalized “Worm on the rubber band ” problem

I found this « Worm on the rubber band » problem in Concrete Mathematics book. A slow worm $W$ starts at one end of a meter-long rubber band and crawls one centimetre per minute toward the other end. ...
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Calculate half life of esters

I'm trying to calculate the level of testosterone released from different testosterone esters. Here are some graphs of testosterone levels after single injections of 250mg of each ester. Testo U ...
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Differential Equation - $y'=5|y|^{4/5}, y(0)=0$

in the spirit of this question I ask about this one. $y'=5|y|^{4/5}, y(0)=0$ If $y> 0$ then $$y'=5|y|^{4/5}\iff y'=5^{-1}y^{4/5}\iff 5^{-1}y'y^{-4/5}=1\iff y^{1/5}=x+C\\ \iff y=\left(x+C\right)^{...
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Differential operators confussion

I want to solve this PDE: $$u_t-6uu_x+u_{xxx} = 0\,(1)$$ with the Inverse Scattering Method. This method is based on showing that the above equation can be expressed as $$L_t=LB-BL,\,(2)$$ where $L$ ...
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Solving a partial differential equation using method of characteristics

I keep getting stuck and have a hard time understanding my professor, so I'm hoping to get some help here. The question is: Solve the partial diff/eq: ${\partial u}\over{\partial t}$ + $c {{\partial ...
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Finding a value a for topologically conjugacy between two flows

Let A be a hyperbolic matrix such that all solutions of $\overrightarrow x' = A \overrightarrow x $ tend to the origin at t goes to infinity, and suppose B = $\begin{bmatrix}a-3 & 5 \\ -2 & a+...
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Procedure for 3 by 3 Non homogenous Linear systems (Differential Equations)

Here is the problem I have. $$x^{'}(t)=Ax(t)+f(t)$$ where $A=\begin{pmatrix} 5&-3&-2\\8&-5&-4\\-4&3&3 \end{pmatrix} f(t)=\begin{pmatrix} -\sin (t)\\ 0 \\ 2 \end{pmatrix}$ I am ...
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Choice of the First Term in Legendre Polynomials

The two solutions of the Legendre's Differential Equation obtained by series solution method are : and Now according to my textbook, for the useful polynomial for n equal to a positive integer, ...
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Eigenvectors Trajectories

I got stuck with a problem while studying for a control systems exam. It goes as following: "Look at the picture of trajectories of a linear, time-invariant system with the form: $\frac{d\mathbf{x}}{...
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second order DE using reduction of order

Any Hints / details on how to find a second solution for $$x^2y'' + xy' -4y=0?$$ $$y_1 = x^2 y_2$$ I need to use reduction of order thanks
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Numerical estimates for the convergence order of trapezoidal-like Runge-Kutta methods

I have to calculate approximations of the solution with the method $$ y^{n+1}=y^n+h \cdot [\rho \cdot f(t^n,y^n)+(1-\rho) \cdot f(t^{n+1},y^{n+1})] ,\quad n=0,\ldots,N-1 \\ y^0=y_0 $$ for various ...
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Differential Equation - $y'=|y|+1, y(0)=0$

The equation is $y'=|y|+1, y(0)=0$. Suppose $y$ is a solution on an interval $I$. Let $x\in I$. If $y(x)\ge 0$ then $$y'(x)=|y(x)|+1\iff y'(x)=y(x)+1\iff \frac{y'(x)}{y(x)+1}=1\\ \iff \ln (y(x)+1)=x+...
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Is the continuity of a vector field enough for the existence of the solution of a differential equation?

I've recently seen the existence-uniqueness theorem for ordinary differential equations from Arnold's book. I understand that the theorem as stated guarantees both existence and uniqueness if the ...
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Compute $\int_cd\omega$ and $\int_{\partial c}\omega$

Question: Let $c:I^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3$ be the singular $2$-cube given by $$c(s,t)=\left(\frac{1}{2}s^2,st,\frac{1}{2}t^2\right)$$Let $x=(x,y,z)$ denote the cartesian coordinates on $\mathbb{R}^3$...
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Inverse Laplace transform of s/s-1

Finding the inverse laplace transform: $$L^{-1}\left\{\frac{s}{s-1}\right\}$$ I wrote: $$L^{-1}\left\{\frac{s}{s-1}\right\}=L^{-1}\left\{\frac{1}{s-1}\right\} + L^{-1}\{1\}=L^{-1}\{1\} + e^{t}$$ And ...
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Tricky Separable Differential Equation

Please guide me: $y' + ay +b = 0$ ($a$ not zero) is supposed to be separable and has solution $y = ce^{-ax} - \frac ba$ Here is my start to this problem: $\frac{dy}{dx} + ay = -b$ is as far as I ...
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Differentiaion Calculus: Trig Inverse Function.

Well, yesterday at a Mathematics exam, i had to find $\frac{dy}{dx}$ of a cotangent inverse function $$ y=\text{arccot}\left[\frac{\sqrt{1+\sin x}+\sqrt{1-\sin x}}{\sqrt{1+\sin x}-\sqrt{1-sin x} }\...
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Is $f'(x)-3f(x) = 0$ subspace of differentiable functions $f\colon (0,1)\to \mathbb{R}$

$V$ is space of differentiable functions $f(0,1) \to \mathbb{R}$ and $W$ is a subset of $f$ that meets $f'(x) - 3f(x) = 0$ for all $x\in (0,1).$ Is subset $W$ a subspace of $V$? I know that I have ...
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Numerical Approximation of Differential Equations with Midpoint Method

I want to proof that the local truncation error of the Midpoint Method is $d_{k+1}=O\left(h^{3}\right)$ Approach The local truncation error is defined as: $d_{k+1}=u(t_{k+1})-\underset{u_{k+1}}...
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Proof of existence and uniqueness of the exponential function using ODEs

In our lecture notes for our complex analysis class, we were given the following theorem: Theorem: There exists a unique complex function $f$ such that $f(z)$ is a single valued function $...
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Solutions and attraction regions of following odes?

Assume a mapping $X: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}^d$. We know that the solution to ode $$ d X_t = (\mu - X_t) dt $$ is $X_t = (X_0-\mu) e^{- t} + \mu$, which indicates that $X_t$ converges to $\mu$ as $...
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Modelling population with $\frac{dP}{dt}=P(\beta - \delta P)$

The population $P(t)$ of a biological species can be modelled by $$ \frac{dP}{dt}=P(\beta - \delta P) $$ subject to $P(0)=P_0$ where $\beta$ is the birth rate and $\delta$ is the death rate. ...
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Differentiation - simple case

In the book calculus made easy, page 22 the case of the negative power for $y=x^{-2}$ $$\begin{align} y+dy & =(x+dx)^{-2}\tag{1}\\ \\ & = x^{-2}\left(1+\frac{dx}{x}\right)^{-2}\tag{2} \...
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Multistep ODE Solvers

Write both a fourth order Adams Bashforth and Adams Moulton procedure to solve $$x'(t) = x(t)-y(t)-\exp(t);$$ $$y'(t) = x(t)+y(t)+2\exp(t)$$ with initial values $x(0) = -1, y(0) =- 1$ on the ...
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Proving a function is Lipschitz continuous

Show that the following function is Lipschitz continuous and find a Lipschitz constant $$y\mapsto f(x,y)\\ f(x,y)=\frac{y}{x}\ln(\frac{y}{x})\text{ , } |x-1|\leq\frac{1}{2}\text{ , } |y-e|\leq\frac{...
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Difference between improper node and proper node for phase portrait

Can someone offer an explanation for the difference between these two? I see pictures of what seem to be examples of both, but it's hard for me to discern what a new portrait would be. Any help? ...
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Solve $y'-\int_0^xy(t)dt=2$

I have not idea how to approach this differential equation. $$y'-\int_0^xy(t)dt=2$$. Basically, I did, $$F''(t)-F(x)+F(0)=2 \;\;\;\;\;\;\; F'=y$$ I am stuck. Thank You.
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IVP Using Numerical Methods

Suppose that $y(t)$ is the exact solution of the ivp $$y'(t)=f(t,y(t)), y(0)=y_0$$ and $u(t)$ is any approximation to $y(t)$ with $u(0)=y(0)$. Define the error $e(t)=y(t)-u(t)$. How can I show that ...
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Using Octave to solve systems of two non-linear ODEs

How to solve following system of ordinary differential equations using Octave? $$\frac{dx}{dt} = - [x(t)]^2 - x(t)y(t)$$ $$\frac{dy}{dt} = - [y(t)]^2 - x(t)y(t)$$ Update: initial conditions: $x(t=...
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General Solution for a given system of equations

Find the general solution of this system of equations: $$x' = \pmatrix{-1&0&0\\1&0&-1\\1&1&0}x$$ I got the eigenvalues to be: $\lambda = -1,\pm i$ The eigenvectors ...
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$y(x)$ be a continuous solution of the initial value problem $y'+2y=f(x)$ , $y(0)=0$

Let , $y(x)$ be a continuous solution of the initial value problem $y'+2y=f(x)$ , $y(0)=0$ , where, $$f(x)=\begin{cases}1 & \text{ if } 0\le x\le 1\\0 & \text{ if } x>1\end{cases}$$Then, $...
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general conditions for reverse poincare inequality

I'd like to know when the reverse Poincare inequality is true: Given a bounded domain $\Omega$, and $f \in L^2(\Omega)$, under what conditions on $f$ (neglecting the trivial constant case) and/or $\...
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Integrating absolute value function

I'm working on a problem drawing phase plane diagrams in my applied mathematics course. I'm supposed to draw the phase line diagram of $x''+\vert x\vert=0.$ In the process, I get to the differential ...
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Find the velocity of a flow

The question is: Find the velocity of the flow described by the velocity potential given in the polar coordinates $φ$$(r, θ)$ = $θ$, where $x = r cos θ$ and $y = r sin θ$, $r > 0, 0 ≤ θ < 2π$ ...
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Solve a differential equation and evaluate the solution at a particular value of independent variable

If $\frac{dy(x)}{dx}=(2-3i)y(x)$ where $i=\sqrt{-1}$, what is the value of $y(\pi)$?
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Can someone give me an example of how to work out an exact linear second order differential equation?

I have a theorem that states: If an equation $P(x)y''+Q(x)y'+R(x)y=0$ can be written in the form: $$[P(x)y']'+[f(x)y]'=0$$ then the equation is said to be exact. Now I need to expand and equate ...
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H0w are second order nonlinear ordinary differential equations solved?

I conceived the following second order nonlinear ordinary differential equation: $$\frac{d^2y(x)}{dx^2}=\frac{k}{(y(x))^2}$$ I can tell it's nonlinear because of the $\frac{k}{(y(x))^2}$ term and ...
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Basic Differential Equations

Suppose there are two lakes located on a stream. Clean water flows into the first lake, then the water from the first lake flows into the second lake, and then water from the second lake flows further ...
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Find the first order system of linear equations

Regard the diff equation: $mϕ′′+aϕ′+(mg/L)ϕ=0$ $ϕ(0)=0.1$ $ϕ′(0)=0$ where $m=0.1,L=1,a=2,$ 1) Rewrite the second order diff equation as a system of first order linear equations. 2) What is the ...
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how to construct a (2nd order) ODE that will be satisfied by a provided fundamental set?

If given a couple of functions and asked to construct an ODE of the form $y'' + q(x)y' + r(x)y = 0$ admitting of that couple as a fundamental set, once we've established that the couple could be a ...
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Second order ODE - why the extra X for the solution?

Assuming I have the following homogeneous ODE equation: $$a\cdot y'' + b\cdot y' + c \cdot y = 0$$ Why for $(b^2 - 4\cdot a\cdot c=0) \quad $,(meaning, when $m_1=m_2$) then the solution is: $$y = C_1\...
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Solving a first order linear ODE and determining the behavior of its solutions

(a) Draw a direction field for the given differential equation. How do solutions appear to behave as $t → 0$? Does the behavior depend on the choice of the initial value $a$? Let $a_{0}$ be the value ...
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Bring the linear part of a ODE system into a diagonal form

Consider the system $$ \dot{x}=y,\quad\dot{y}=z,\quad\dot{z}=-x-y-z+x^2+az^3. $$ Check that the zero equilibrium has a pair of pure imaginary eigenvalues. Make a linear coordinate ...
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Division of differential equations

$$\frac{dx(t)}{dy(t)}=\frac{\alpha x(t) - \beta x(t) y(t)}{-\gamma y(t) + \delta x(t)y(t)}$$ How would one simplify this fraction? Maybe the chain rule could be of any use, but I don't see how.
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How many $f(x)$ are possible satisfying $f(x)=f'(x)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$.

Let $f:[0,1]\to\Bbb{R}$ be a fixed continuous function such that $f$ is differentiable on $(0,1)$ and $f(0)=f(1)=0$. Then the equation $f(x)=f'(x)$ admits how many solutions? The only solution that ...
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Undamped spring mass system

I have this study guide for an upcoming test for DE class I'm trying to figure out. A mass of 400 grams stretches a spring by 5 centimeters. (a) Find the spring constant k, the angular frequency ω, ...